Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Nutrition Lesson for today....

Sugar Does Not Cause Obesity! Over indulging causes Obesity!

Sugar plays a role in helping suppress feelings of hunger, a plus for those striving to control their weight. Remember - One (1) teaspoon of sugar has only 15 calories. For those of us doing WW that is 0 points for 1 tsp.

I have always thought that it makes me feel full. I remember when I worked at the B of A building on Alma School & Southern, my friend and I would walk across to Fiesta Mall for lunch then we would go get a tiny free sample of candy at the Candy Factory in the mall afterword. I always felt full after eating that piece of candy. Also, I have noticed recently, since starting WW that when I eat fruit in the mornings, I am fuller.

So, in my opinion, if you are trying to stay full after a meal, go for a piece of fruit or even a little dinner mint.


Sugar is a basic carbohydrate that every healthy body need for energy. Put another way, sugar is an essential fuel for muscles, internal organs, and first-rate brain function.

On that note:

Artificial Sweeteners - Many people use artificial sweeteners because they think they are cutting calories and will lose weight. Often, these people will eat artificially sweetened foods or drinks and then eat even more of other foods. They may even end up gaining weight! The calorie savings with artificial sweeteners are not as great as most people think. Also remember, artificial sweeteners are not found in nature. It's not necessary to use artificial sweeteners to eat less sugar because foods taste just fine made with less sugar. Today's health-conscious consumers need to ask, "Is saving a few calories worth abandoning an all-natural food like sugar?"

Information taken from: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Sugar.htm courtesy of: The Sugar Association.

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